what is naturopathy
Naturopathy is a kind of treatment that encompasses both scientific knowledge and traditional concept so what’s a naturopath is an approach based on the principle that the body has an inherent ability to heal itself. Naturopaths strive to discover the cause of disease as opposed to only a symptom.
Nutritional supplementation- Usually used to address deficiencies and known imbalances
Naturopaths think that wellness encompasses optimal physical, emotional, religious, social and environmental aspects and not just the absence of disease.
You don’t need to actually be unwell to see a Naturopath, lots of men and women visit to formulate what we call a “health plan”. We prefer to take a preventative approach, with the aim of preventing illness.
The Naturopath views each person as an individual and treats the entire person and not just an individual organ or symptom.
What is the difference between a Doctor and a Naturopath?
Naturopaths are trained to use only natural products, lifestyle changes, dietary alterations to balance health difficulties. Naturopaths are trained in pathology testing and use minimal invasive treatment plans. Doctors often use pharmaceuticals and dietetic support. Naturopaths are not to take the part of a medical doctor. Our Naturopaths prefer to work in conjunction with your Medical Doctor.
Naturopaths can use any of the following to assist you in your path to wellness:
Lifestyle recommendations- addressing areas like work-life balance, stress reduction, getting you to do more of what you enjoy in life and what brings you fulfilment
Soft tissue manipulation
Naturopathy dates back to the 18th — 19th century, but its vital roots go as far back as 400BC with Hippocrates School of Medicine. In 1902 Benjamin Lust introduced Naturopathy to the USA and founded the American School of Naturopathy. It was after this that dietary and lifestyle advice became highly common in the treatment of illness. Between 1920-1940 there was a rapid increase in technologies and pharmaceuticals, and so naturopathic medicine declined. But over the past 40-50 years its practice has steadily improved, especially in the region of evidence based complementary medicine. Naturopathy in Australia in 1977 was reasonable in their coverage of basic biomedical sciences on paper.
Is a history of medicine. It is time proven, but most Naturopaths now days must complete years of instruction to be eligible to practice as a Naturopath, very different to even a few decades ago, where regulation of the profession was quite low. Today most Naturopaths are qualified with a Bachelors degree University degree, often in Health Science or Complementary Medicine.
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Intervention and using food
Herbal medicine- Many herbs have been used traditionally for centuries, some herbs have much scientific research to support their use
Lots of people like to see a Naturopath because the methods used are noninvasive and have fewer side effects than orthodox medicine. Our Naturopaths, however, believe that medical professionals have a very important and vital role to play in our health care.